SALT LAKE CITY - Sometimes, it seems as though everyone goes to the Sundance Film Festival but Utahns.
Running Jan. 16-26, the festival sometimes seems better known to locals for its insane crowds than for award-winning movies. But tickets are now on sale for several screenings in downtown Salt Lake, allowing Davis County audiences to skip the craziness and still enjoy the movies.
Below are just a few of the possibilities showing downtown during the festival. For more, visit filmguide.sundance.org.
If you’ve lamented that Hollywood no longer does enough Westerns, this is the one for you. Though the setting is technically post-apocalyptic, the story of a farmer defending his land and children from bandits and scheming villains is straight out of the Old West. It stars the normally scary Michael Shannon as the good guy and the normally sweet Nicholas Hoult as the bad guy.
Showing: 1/19/14 at 9:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
What We Do In the Shadows
It’s vampirism as a fish-out-of-water comedy, done in mockumentary style. Four New Zealand vampires, ranging in age from 183 years old to 8,000 years old, share a flat together and try to figure out how to navigate the modern social scene without inspiring anyone to get stabby.
Showing: 1/25/2014 at 11:59 p.m. at Broadway Center Cinemas
Infinitely Polar Bear
Mark Ruffalo stars as a bipolar father trying to be there for his kids and win back his wife, played by Zoe Saldana. Though action fans may only know Ruffalo as the big green guy in the “Avengers” franchise, he actually made his career in just this type of touching family drama.
Showing: 1/25/14 at 3:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Allergy to Originality
An animated op-doc (short for opinion documentary) about the history of plagiarism, appropriation, remixes and the thorny question of whether there’s an original idea left. Think of it as a brisk, funny version of a really interesting college seminar.
Showing: 1/18/14 at 3 p.m. at Broadway Centre Cinemas
Tickets are available at Sundance’s Salt Lake City box office, located at Trolley Square (700 E. 500 South). Tickets are available up to 36 hours before showtime.